Mental health system development in Asia: does Australia have a role?

Arandjelovic, Katarina, Eyre, Harris A., Forbes, Malcolm P., Bauer, Renee, Aggarwal, Shilpa, Singh, Ajeet B., Baune, Bernhard T., Everall, Ian, Berk, Michael, and Ng, Chee (2016) Mental health system development in Asia: does Australia have a role? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50 (9). pp. 834-841.

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Background: Socioeconomic trends herald what many describe as the Asian Century, whereby Asian economic, political and cultural influence is in global ascendency. Broadening relevant ties between Australia and Asia is evident and logical and may include strengthening alliances in mental health systems.

Aim: We argue the importance of strengthening Asian mental health systems and some of the roles Australian mental health workers could have in promoting strengthening the Asian mental health system.

Methods: This paper is a narrative review which sources data from reputable search databases.

Results: A well-articulated Australian strategy to support strengthening the mental health system in Asia is lacking. While there are active initiatives operating in this space, these remain fragmented and underdeveloped. Coordinated, collaborative and culturally respectful efforts to enhance health education, research, policy, leadership and development assistance are key opportunities.

Conclusion: Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have a unique opportunity to contribute to improved mental health outcomes in Asia.

Item ID: 46120
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 1440-1614
Keywords: Asia, Australia, mental health, policy, leadership, psychiatry
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship APP1059660
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 07:35
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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